Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

A little under three years since he left the biggest club in the world, Rafa Benitez finds himself stuck in a Premier League relegation battle for the second year running. Last season, the Spanish coach steered the Magpies to safety with some astute tactical performances and it seemed the only way was up. But then came the summer transfer window. The three promoted clubs all outspent Newcastle. Fulham splashed £105m, Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £59m and Cardiff, favourites for the drop, …
VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League resumes after the European exploits in midweek as two struggling football clubs will be united at Old Trafford on Saturday - to see if either of them could put the other one out of their misery. Manchester United have already reached a crucial juncture in the season where some big decisions need to be made - here and now - to completely restructure the way they operate and align themselves with the best-run football clubs in the …
Newcastle Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle have had an extremely difficult start to the season. They've already had to play Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham and lost to all three of them. Those three matches along with their draw against Cardiff City has left them with one point from their first four matches. Now they face Arsenal. The Gunners were very poor away from home last season and, while they may have won, were not convincing in their performance away to Cardiff City. Arsenal are …
Toxic Atmosphere Could Doom Newcastle

Toxic Atmosphere Could Doom Newcastle

Newcastle had a disappointing summer in the transfer market, failing to make the significant investment needed to kick on after a solid first term back in the Premier League. Owner Mike Ashley has once again come under fire from supporters for failing to provide funds for a manager at St James’ Park. The Magpies’ net spend in the summer was -£20m as the club generated a profit from the sales of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, while Chancel Mbemba, Matz …
Too Soon for Jamaal Lascelles to Leave Newcastle United

Too Soon for Jamaal Lascelles to Leave Newcastle United

Jamaal Lascelles has been one of the breakout stars of the Premier League season and he has now established himself at the top level. The Newcastle United captain played a key role as Rafa Benitez’s side finished in the top ten in their first season back in the top-flight. This will be seen as just the start for the Magpies and defender, with both having loftier ambitions. The recent England squad announcement didn’t feature Lascelles, but he is likely to …
Newcastle v Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Newcastle v Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

The Premier League season has been a disappointing one for Chelsea, but they go into the last day with a chance of a top-four finish. They have to travel to Newcastle and pick up three points to have any chance. Meanwhile, Liverpool will have to lose at home to Brighton. It seems unlikely that both results will go in favour of last season’s Champions, but stranger things have happened on the final day before. Rafa Benitez will be pleased with …
Who Should Win Premier League Manager Of The Year?

Who Should Win Premier League Manager Of The Year?

The Premier League season is once again almost over, and just about everything has been wrapped up. The title has been won, the top four and relegation battles have all but been decided, and even the European places seem pretty much certain. And whilst there may yet be a twist or two in the tale, I don’t think it’s too early to have a look at which managers are in serious contention for the coveted Manager of the Year prize, …
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